Bureau of Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs The official page for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has line authority over the BIA Regional Directors and the Deputy Bureau Directors of Field Operations; Indian Services; Trust Services; and Justice Services.

The Director provides technical oversight and monitoring for the headquarters organization and field activities and shares authority and responsibility for the management of tribal and individual Indian trust funds with the Special Trustee for American Indians. The Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs administers all laws governing non-education portions of Indian Affairs and provides leadership and direction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Director reports to and receives policy direction and executive guidance from the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs.

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Love me the way I am, and I'll always share my bone! 🍖 Happy #NationalPuppyDay
03/23/2021

Love me the way I am, and I'll always share my bone! 🍖 Happy #NationalPuppyDay

Are you smiling as big as we are?! Spring is here and it's #NationalPuppyDay!
03/23/2021

Are you smiling as big as we are?! Spring is here and it's #NationalPuppyDay!

On #NationalAgricultureDay we are highlighting an important crop to the Yakama Nation – hops! Within the boundaries of t...
03/23/2021

On #NationalAgricultureDay we are highlighting an important crop to the Yakama Nation – hops! Within the boundaries of the Yakima Reservation is the BIA-owned Wapato Irrigation Project. Along the project waterways grow world-renowned hops. Each year during the harvest season, buyers representing brands such as Heineken and Budweiser purchase a stake in the next year’s crop. In 2013, this generated $119 million in crop value in which the Indian landowner benefits from because BIA holds the land in trust for the Tribe. This is another way the Wapato Irrigation Project promotes economic opportunities and public safety through the sound management of the irrigation project. #BIACrops

We are celebrating the power on #WorldWaterDay! Did you know BIA’s Colorado River Agency harnesses the power of water to...
03/22/2021

We are celebrating the power on #WorldWaterDay! Did you know BIA’s Colorado River Agency harnesses the power of water to generate, transmit and distribute electrical power services to over 4,000 customers, mostly on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation? Learn more about how the CRIT is harnessing the power of water to achieve tribal self-determination at: http://ow.ly/ZDdc50E1vn2.

Many tribes depend on healthy forests for their livelihoods, thus why on this International Day of #Forests we are honor...
03/21/2021

Many tribes depend on healthy forests for their livelihoods, thus why on this International Day of #Forests we are honoring leaders such as BIA Forest Tech, Jim Wolfe, who spends his days supporting tribes by using proven sustainable forest management practices.

Welcome to the first day of spring!! In celebration, we are recognizing the workers who have been restoring Tsegi Canyon...
03/20/2021

Welcome to the first day of spring!! In celebration, we are recognizing the workers who have been restoring Tsegi Canyon, located on the Navajo Reservation in AZ. They are planting willow to prevent stream bank erosion which in turn help the Navajo agriculture produces who depend on the water and the land for production.

Here, two workers are planting willow along Tsegi Creek to prevent stream bank erosion which will help restore the Canyon for Navajo agriculture produces. Photo by BIA

Serving as a dispatcher under critical and emergency situations is challenging and emotionally demanding.  Thank you for...
03/19/2021

Serving as a dispatcher under critical and emergency situations is challenging and emotionally demanding. Thank you for your service and leadership Stephanie!

In honor of Women's Law Enforcement History Month, BIA Special Programs would like to spotlight Stephanie Dick. Stephanie (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes) is the Lead Public Safety Dispatcher/Terminal Agency Coordinator for the Eastern Nevada Agency (ENA). She was inspired to serve after seeing her uncle, Elwayne Dick, serve as a Corrections Officer and her mother, Murial, serve as a Dispatcher. In 2002, she joined BIA law enforcement to help her tribe and the communities adjacent to her home. Dispatchers at ENA have the difficult job of dispatching calls for service to multiple agencies and first responders. In 2018, Stephanie helped lead efforts to respond to wildfires in eastern Nevada. Her geographical knowledge and leadership allowed her to quickly and efficiently allocate resources to areas where they were needed most. Because of her quick-thinking and expertise, first responders were able to prevent the fires from spreading, protecting property and saving countless lives. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored with the BIA Unit Citation Award.

BIA- OJS is responsible for the protection of lives, resources, and property which lies at the heart of the BIA's law en...
03/16/2021

BIA- OJS is responsible for the protection of lives, resources, and property which lies at the heart of the BIA's law enforcement effort.

Start Your Career Today! Click on the USAJOBS link below to get started:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594473000

In honor of National Flood Safety Awareness Week, here is a shoutout to the amazing workers that support our Safety of D...
03/16/2021

In honor of National Flood Safety Awareness Week, here is a shoutout to the amazing workers that support our Safety of Dams Program, which is responsible for 910 dams on Indian reservations. An important service the program owns and operates is the National Monitoring Center, an emergency operations center in Montana dedicated to ensuring the safety of downstream communities. Learn more about this important program at http://ow.ly/7gs950E0vn1

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established! E...
03/13/2021

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established! Eastern Regional Employee, Keith Bluecloud, Natural Resource Specialist is working in Florida with the Miccssukee Tribe of Indians to assist with identifying and removing invasive species and noxious weeds.

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established! S...
03/12/2021

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established!

Starting in 2010, BIA's Midwest Region began hosting a region-wide conference to foster meaningful relationships and maximize partnership opportunities with the tribes that call Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa home.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, the Midwest Regional Office hosted the Partners in Action Conference virtually. During the conference, 67 different sessions were offered allowing 41 tribes, 36 organizations, including federal and state partners, three BIA regional offices and eight BIA agency offices to attend. In all, 600 people came together to focus on current issues, challenges and solutions.

While this virtual experienced posed new challenges, the creative minds of the regional employees embraced new technology to successfully create and an environment that fostered relationships and delivered a meaningful and motivational conference.

This year, the Region plans to host the Conference July 19 thru August 13. Stay tuned for more details.

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established! T...
03/12/2021

This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established!

The San Carlos Irrigation Project – Power Division (SCIP) has a history dating back to 1928 Congressional authorization to provide electricity for irrigation pumps, schools, and other facilities in Central Arizona. With a service area of approximately 2,000 square miles, BIA lineman are shown hard at work deploying transmission lines that deliver essential power to around 14,000 corporate and residential customers. You can learn more about SCIP's services and how they are keeping the 💡 charged online at: http://ow.ly/PRWU50DWMst

This week, BIA recognizes its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established!  One ...
03/12/2021

This week, BIA recognizes its 197th anniversary and the many ways the bureau has evolved since it was established! One such evolution is the way BIA supports tribes with creating sustainable economies through the environmentally sound development of their energy and mineral resources.

At Osage Agency, Petroleum Engineering Technicians like Mark Hendricks, who has worked for the Bureau for 25 years, performs lease inspections on sites such as the 1.4-million-acre Osage Mineral Estate. His work is just one way the BIA provides technical and economic advice and services to assist Indian mineral owners with achieving economic self-sufficiency.

BIA is recruiting several #PathwaysInternship positions to perform a variety of jobs in the natural resource fields such...
02/24/2021

BIA is recruiting several #PathwaysInternship positions to perform a variety of jobs in the natural resource fields such as natural resources management, minerals and energy, civil engineering, geography, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, horticulture, rangeland management, soil conservation or science, environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife biology, forestry and other related STEM fields. During the internships, students will be given hands on training and experience to apply their degree with real life practices in use today by tribes.

Student trainees interested in applying to the Pathways program need to apply online through @USAJobs by March 5. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592339300

Non-Competitive Conversions / Job Placement Services:

Student graduates who successfully complete the Pathways Internship Program and meet all position eligibility requirements may be noncompetitively converted to a term or career conditional position within the BIA. We provide support for job placement opportunities with a Tribe or Tribal enterprise.

Refer to the job vacancy announcement on USAJOBS for the specific education and eligibility qualification requirements.

Key Eligibility Requirements
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
(www.sss.gov)
• Show they are eligible for Indian Preference by using Form BIA
- 4432 (Exp Date: 03/31/2021)
• Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time
in an accredited institution
• Good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
• Seeking a bachelor's degree related to program/position
• Complete the 640-hour service requirement
• Must be suitable for Federal employment and pass a Security
investigation
• Must sign a Pathways Program Internship Program Participant
Agreement

Want to make payments to your San Carlos power bill any time, day or night? Now you can, with no added fees. Check out t...
02/23/2021

Want to make payments to your San Carlos power bill any time, day or night? Now you can, with no added fees. Check out the new #PaySCIPOnline Automated Pay-by-Phone solution! Call 800-648-8659 (Opt2) or go online for more info: http://ow.ly/IntF50DEZmf

BIA is recruiting several #PathwaysInternship positions to perform a variety of jobs in the natural resource fields such...
02/19/2021

BIA is recruiting several #PathwaysInternship positions to perform a variety of jobs in the natural resource fields such as natural resources management, minerals and energy, civil engineering, geography, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, horticulture, rangeland management, soil conservation or science, environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife biology, forestry and other related STEM fields. During the internships, students will be given hands on training and experience to apply their degree with real life practices in use today by tribes.

Student trainees interested in applying to the Pathways program need to apply online through @USAJobs by March 5. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592339300

Students who have not declared a major or are enrolled in an unrelated degree program area may be selected and hired. However, their continued employment is contingent upon meeting the educational degree program eligibility requirements listed below within a prescribed timeframe. Students will be required to sign a statement agreeing that they will change their degree program.

Non-Competitive Conversions / Job Placement Services:

Student graduates who successfully complete the Pathways Internship Program and meet all position eligibility requirements may be noncompetitively converted to a term or career conditional position within the BIA. We provide support for job placement opportunities with a Tribe or Tribal enterprise.

Refer to the job vacancy announcement on USAJOBS for the specific education and eligibility qualification requirements.

Basic Education Requirements:

Students must be accepted or enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university and seeking a bachelor’s degree or higher directly related to the position (specified in the announcement) to qualify for the following grade levels:

• GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma
• GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high
school study
• GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-
high school study or associates degree

Key Eligibility Requirements

• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
(www.sss.gov)
• Show they are eligible for Indian Preference by using Form BIA
- 4432 (Exp Date: 03/31/2021)
• Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time
in an accredited institution
• Good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
• Seeking a bachelor's degree related to program/position
• Complete the 640-hour service requirement
• Must be suitable for Federal employment and pass a Security
investigation
• Must sign a Pathways Program Internship Program Participant
Agreement

Depending on the program and location, some students may be required as an incidental duty to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of Indian Affairs.

BIA is advertising the BIA Emergency Management Program Director, GS-15. The location is negotiable after selection. Thi...
02/04/2021

BIA is advertising the BIA Emergency Management Program Director, GS-15. The location is negotiable after selection. This key leader provides programmatic direction, goals & objectives which supports Bureau of Indian Education & U.S. Indian Affairs.
Apply via USAJOBS
http://ow.ly/9nbp50DpxYv

This is a historic high more than double’s BIA’s accomplishments from last year (~154,000 acres) and is twice what BIA’s...
11/18/2020

This is a historic high more than double’s BIA’s accomplishments from last year (~154,000 acres) and is twice what BIA’s four-year annual average is, which has hovered near 178,000 acres.

JUST IN: Trump Administration Reduces Wildfire Risk by Record 5.4 Million Acres. “Tribes that live on reservations, rancherias and pueblos depend on their land for physical, economic, cultural and their spiritual wellbeing,” said @ASIndianAffairs
https://www.bia.gov/as-ia/opa/online-press-release/trump-administration-reduces-wildfire-risk-record-54-million-acres

BIA Wildland Fire and Aviation Management program contributes to virtually every aspect of protection and preservation o...
11/02/2020

BIA Wildland Fire and Aviation Management program contributes to virtually every aspect of protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources through wildland fire management. Learn more at http://ow.ly/iVjv50C7Gkf

11/01/2020
www.bia.gov

In 2019, 598 law enforcement officers were trained in drug awareness, investigations, drug identification, evidence collection, and officer safety. Their hard work helps mitigate the devastating effect illicit drug activities have on tribal families and communities. #DOIService at: http://ow.ly/kr2q50C7GdQ

The BIA Office of Justice Services strives to uphold tribal sovereignty, customs, and to provide for the safety of India...
10/31/2020
Office of Justice Services | Indian Affairs

The BIA Office of Justice Services strives to uphold tribal sovereignty, customs, and to provide for the safety of Indian communities by ensuring the protection of life & property, enforcing laws, maintaining justice & order, and by confining American Indian offenders in safe, secure, and humane environments. Learn more about @BIAOS services https://www.bia.gov/bia/ojs

BIA- OJS is responsible for the protection of lives, resources, and property which lies at the heart of the BIA's law enforcement effort. BIA-OJS fully supports the Secretary's ongoing commitment to safe and healthy Indian communities. Under the direction of the Deputy BIA Director - the Office of J...

Modern day firefighters are sometimes equated to Indian Country’s modern day warriors. This is because tribal communitie...
10/30/2020

Modern day firefighters are sometimes equated to Indian Country’s modern day warriors. This is because tribal communities look to wildland firefighters to protect the people, land and resources they hold dear for their survival. We appreciate the sacrifices they and their families make during fire season. #DOIService http://ow.ly/nPXY50C7Gsn

Fort Berthold Agency (FBA) is hosting a WEBEX online meeting explaining a new Market Analys today. If you missed it, ano...
07/30/2020

Fort Berthold Agency (FBA) is hosting a WEBEX online meeting explaining a new Market Analys today. If you missed it, another meeting will take place August 6th at 2:00 p.m.
http://ow.ly/3xlS50AMH6f

The Branch of Wildland Fire Management at the National Interagency Fire Center is looking for a Budget Analyst to suppor...
06/26/2020
Budget Analyst (Fire)

The Branch of Wildland Fire Management at the National Interagency Fire Center is looking for a Budget Analyst to support the wildland fire management program. Position closes July 17 and moving expenses are authorized. Apply online USAJOBS

This position is located with the BIA, Office of Trust Services, Division of Forestry & Wildland Fire Management, Branch of Wildland Fire Management located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), in Boise, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area can be found at

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